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"Kidder Battle Site" Goodland Off The Beaten Path Tip by basstbn

Goodland Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 1 photos


We drove many miles over dirt and gravel roads to this site to find nothing but the silhouette of one infantryman pointing his gun at one mounted Indian. I thought it sufficiently ironic to photograph this site with a No Hunting sign in the foreground. Later we learned that many historians don't believe this to be the site of the battle at all. Sigh.

In 1867 Lt. Lyman Kidder's ten-man patrol encountered Cheyenne Indians. His party's remains were later found by George Custer and members of his 7th Calvary.

The locals still call this the Kidder Massacre site; but to be honest, it was the site of a battle between two groups of armed men in which the Cheyennes were victorious, not a massacre in which a group of "savages" attacked a group of unarmed civilians.

Phone: 785-890-3515

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 6, 2007
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